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Rams select QB Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick

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With their first pick since becoming the Los Angeles Rams, the team has selected California Bears quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick. The Rams acquired the top pick in a trade with the Tennessee Titans earlier this month.

Goff is the first Cal quarterback to go with the top pick since Steve Bartkowski was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1975. He made it to back-to-back Pro Bowls.

The team may decide to give him the starting job over Case Keenum and Nick Foles. Both of last year’s top two picks, Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans played immediately.

If Carson Wentz joins Goff with the second overall pick, it’ll be the second straight year that quarterbacks went with the top two picks. It’s the second-time this has happened in the Common Era.

Quarterbacks have been drafted with five of the past seven No. 1 overall picks. Tackle Eric Fisher by the Kansas City Chiefs and Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney by the Houston Texans were the two non-quarterback picks in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Head coach Jeff Fisher said before acquiring the top pick that Keenum would be the starter. But things have definitely changed.

Goff brings a quality arm to the Rams and can make all the throws, according to the NFL Draft Scouting Report. The 6-foot-4 has a clean release and can easily snap the ball from his wrist.

Last season, he guided the Cal Bears to their first Bowl win since 2008 over the Air Force Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl. He had 4,719 yards, including 467 yards in his final game, along with 43 touchdowns.

The knock on Goff is that he struggles with his accuracy from time-to-time. He airmails passes over his targets and even ‘has wide receivers work too hard on easy throws,’ according to the Scouting Report.

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